Hungary’s Viktor Orban: A Decisive Leader Is, As A Decisive Leader Does

During the past few years, we as International Businessmen, have been pleasantly pleased, but not surprised, at the consistently valid analyses, arguments, and actions, as that of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. This gentleman, when looking into the miasma of international politics, can readily decipher and identify: Puppets; Puppet Masters; and, Puppet Masters’ Masters[PMM’s]; this is excellent! All too often, other politicians display their personal avarice by their exhibiting expedience in ascribing to certain policies and procedures [which benefit OTHERS, not their citizens]. An example of this: American Politicians who sign bills having only given cursory review by Representatives’ and Senators’ staffs, not en persona. Evidence of the end result of such poor inept practices, is a result of U.S. Debt being presently over $27,000,000,000,000.00; such a shame! As an example, we ask: “Which U.S. Citizens benefitted by the costly hegemonic U.S. military activities, over the past decades?”; certainly not the Hoi Polloi.

It appears that Prime Minister Orban, is much more judicious, than many of the aforementioned American ‘leaders’; this, in allowing for expenditures by his government’s Hungarian Forint [HUF] to be spent for direct aid to his Hungarian citizenry; this, as an offset to its current Coronavirus CV19 situation. This is superb!

Additional to this financing program, as referenced, is Prime Minister Orban’s adverse opinion to “Others Elsewhere” commands. They are attempting to pressure him to allow for political fashionability be reinforced by the withholding of European Union funds to Hungary and/or elsewhere, if he, and others, do not agree to their scheme [as to Coronavirus relief]. Mr. Orban “Calls them as he sees them” [to the chagrin of PMMs]. Again: “Bravo!”

As we had mentioned in our list of “Leaders of Nations in 2020”: “Strong leaders make the tough calls, but only after careful analysis of the facts”. They refuse to be ‘Sheep’ for PMM’s; they are patriots for their countries. We think the current “Brexit” discussions will evidence ‘Leaders” vs. mere ‘leaders’; all shall soon see who are the: Puppets or Puppet Masters [PMM’s will try to remain in seclusion (however futile that is.)] How many will become “Viktor Orbans”, by displaying both courage and good judgement?

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in our opinion: “Means Well and Does Well.” To lesser politicians elsewhere, we agree with the adage: “You can try and fool the the other; the other can try and fool you; however, you both cannot fool the ‘Man Upstairs’.”

Reality: Weakness of Insight, Integrity, and Intellect are evidence of a person who, while appearing impressive like a iceberg, will decompose over time, with a just a mere scintilla of heat.

Reference: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/12/20/all-lives-and-all-jobs-matter-orban-announces-stimulus-for-families-businesses/

WATER: As Precious As Gold Or Oil, Yet People Being “Fashionable”, Allow Their Palm Trees To Drink It Up Insatiably

As many tourists visit Arizona, California, and/or Nevada, they are amazed at the vast number and variety of Palm Trees growing in these water deprived states. With Palm Trees being estimated by some ‘Tree Evaluators’ at numbers of 1,000,000+ in those states, collectively, we ask: “Beyond aesthetics, what functional duties do Palm Trees provide?” The many ‘shortcomings’ of Palm Trees, beyond their visual appeal, should be understood by those who consider themselves to be: “Climate Conscious”, “Conservationists”, “Environmentalists”, “Gaiaists”, “Greens” or “What-Have-Yous”.

Californians decided to import approximately 25,000 Palm Trees into Los Angeles for the July, 1932 Olympic Games. Tens of thousands of additional trees have been planted throughout Southern California, since 1932. At the time, water shortages were unique to the ‘locals’; but not now.

As for Nevada, Benjamin Siegel, thought the trees would be aesthetically correct for his new “Flamingo” Casino/Hotel in Las Vegas; other Casino-Hoteliers soon followed. Today, Clark County Nevada, [of which Las Vegas is one municipality therein], has approximately 6,000 Palm Trees it owns; this is in addition to the estimated over 400,000 planted throughout the County by residents and commercial developers.

Arizona, of which the Phoenix area, in particular, was developed into a winter oasis for ‘Businessmen and their families, from the Mid-West and East Coast’ at approximately the same time Mr. Siegel was developing Las Vegas. The Palm Trees were viewed, as today, as being quite ‘fashionable’ and exotic [Rabat, Morocco, perhaps]. It has thousands of Palm Trees in its Valley of the Sun.

Beyond the aforementioned ‘Aesthetic’ intentions of Landscape Architects, are the shortcomings of Palm Trees; those being accentuated in grave scale in certain geographies by a lack of water availability. When one realizes the ‘gargantuan’ thirst of these ‘pencil bodied’ flora, and multiplies it be the sheer number of such trees in the Southwest United States, one may shudder.

Israeli Agronomists have performed years of tests on Palm Trees and have stated in many publications, their findings: These trees consume up to 1,000 liters {264 U.S. gallons} of water a day! [‘Gargantuan’ thirst indeed!] If one merely uses the 25,000 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles number of Palm trees times 264 Gallons of water per day, one acheives 6,600,000+/- gallons (25,000,000 liters) of water being consumed PER DAY! Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley will shudder, at their possible loss.

Another shortcoming of Palm Trees, particularly in hot environments is “Heat Island Effect”; that is, a thermal build-up by buildings, homes, and roadways of radiated energy from the Sun [as well as by vehicles, et al in urban areas]. Palm trees provide ‘next to NO SHADE’, so it is estimated it and the lack of significant transpiration by such trees [not adding moisture to the air] have at most a -17.22 degrees C (1.0 degree F) reduction is urban area heat. Typical shade trees being planted, also provide much greater transpiration to the environment. The results vary: from lowering air temperatures -15 degrees C (5 degrees F) to wide-spread shade tree applications in city centers, temperature reductions of -12.77 degrees C (9.0 degrees F). These results have been measured in many cities in America! Kilowatt savings are too great to ignore in that less electricity is needed to cool structures when ambient weather is ‘hot’. Carbon usage drops dramatically through Shade Tree efficiencies.

A further ‘deficiency’ in Palm Trees, as to the environment in urban areas is the lack of meaningful “Acoustic Attentuation” vis-a-vis automobiles, noisy motorcycles, and trucks; as well as other noise sources. The aforementioned ‘Pencil Bodied’ configuration, dearth of significant branches and leaves, provide no meaningful mechanical barriers to acoustic waves being generated by the noise sources.

As International Businessmen, we try to pay attention to everything possible: All actions and events up-front, and/or those down-stream will interconnect in varying capacities (as many are homologous). As we consult to others or invest for ourselves, we constantly strive to find synergies that are possible or probable, but most of all reasonable; our expenditures of time constitute [a most unreplenshable commodity (as to farmers of the world, is Water)]. Replacing Palm Trees With Shade Trees would help to mitigate some ill-effects of Climate Change.

Reality: At times, aesthetics immediacy of reward, to one’s psyche, can produce financial costs of long term, to one’s pocketbook.

Reference: https://financialpost.com/investing/water-joins-gold-and-oil-for-first-time-as-traded-commodity-on-wall-street-amid-fears-of-scarcity

A Polyhistor Has Recently Passed; His Wisdom Remains

Over the many years, we have personally met some individuals with great Wisdom and have read about a few more. The infrequency of such events says much about society-at-large, and even more about countries’ ‘Leaders”, as we have written. “Leaders” who really are “Leaders” and not mere ‘Job Position Occupants’ are rare birds. Functionally, “Leaders” effects are can be felt far and wide. As to a subject such as the current Influenza Coronavirus [CV 19], many of these people are judicious with mandating restrictions towards slowing its spread. They understand the mental toil of the masses in ‘locking down’ their countries. Also, they can mentally grasp the economic disasters which come with such Draconian measures.

Dr. Walter E. Williams, a Economist of high repute, understood, before his passing, of the high cost of fighting ‘holograms of chaos’; like those artificially attached to Influenzas. He was aware of the foolishness perpetrated by vested interests in making recurring human health events cataclysmic in stature. To wit: More than 50,000 scientists and doctors, as well as more than 682,000 ordinary people, have signed the Great Barrington Declaration denouncing ‘lock-downs’. Yet, to many of the world’s politicians, ‘lock-downs’ are the answer. When one considers the assaults, batteries, homicides, rapes, and suicides along with illegal drug consumption increases, caused by such regulations, CV 19 is expensive to countries. When the added cost of lost countries’ revenues are added in, the expense is exorbitant.

Lock-downs DO NOT PROVIDE NATURAL IMMUNIZATION to a country’s citizenry. It does prolong their possible susceptibility to CV19 when they go out into the world. Until a effective vaccine, which produces ‘long-term immunization’ to a country’s masses, is injected into all, and pertinent antibodies mature, every non-naturally immunized citizen is at risk. Those citizens eventually coming out of their ‘caves’ being particularly so. Since CV19 virions are everywhere in the atmosphere, ‘cave departers’ will eventually come into contact with them; a ‘V-shaped curve’ being morphed into a ‘U-shaped curve’ [pandemic prolongation].

Reality: Politicians short-term solutions might have sizzle; but down-stream there may also be the stench.

Reference: https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/12/09/with-covid-lockdowns-costs-must-be-weighed-against-benefits/

Western Canada Residents Get “Steamed Up” About Geothermal Energy, In Sedimentary Deposits

In Saskatchewan, Canada, drillers have hit a deep thermal deposit with waters at a temperature of 127 degrees centigrade [260.6F] at a rate of 100 litres [26.4 gallons] per second. The fact that they were able to horizontally drill at 90 degrees, appears to be a ‘First Time’ for Geo-Thermal mining (at least in Canada). It is anticipated that 3 megawatts of electricity can provide energy for 3,000 homes.

The Canadians drilled down to 3,450 meter [11,318 feet] depth, before turning and driving horizontally for 2,000 meters [6,461 feet]. Since they were drilling through sedimentary deposits, for them, tool wear was lessened [vs. for example, penetrating igneous mineralizations], one would expect.

It appears that western Canada, with its Geo-Thermal deposits, will become ‘ripe’ for well-thought exploration, as has been performed on this small, but very insightful, project. Investors should consider projects submitted by such miners; the projects could become quite profitable.

It should be put into context though, Geo-Thermal Energy is only efficient as temperatures can be maintained over hot-water ‘transport distances’. Thermal loss, is only preventable with excellent insulation; Its being used over great distances (from source to ‘electrification-generation’ location, or from source to structures for heating). Such projects require: cost efficient insulation, quickly applied, permanently. We understand the application/cost/performance/permanency requirements as they are common to our Mega-Temp™ Insulation Applications. Pipes, carrying 127 C [260.6F] fluids, having exteriors insulated with this Technology, can be touched with one’s bare hands safely; this we have done in ships’ engine rooms.

It is our wish that Canadians enjoy the natural benefits of Geo-Thermal ‘clean’ energy, and profit by it also. Other countries around the world should examine their potential acquisition of such energy under their feet. The thermal energy that exists is “Free For The Pickings” to those miners who ‘Wildcat’ their operations with fervor.

The world belongs to the aggressive. As some of us have been involved in Hardrock mining for years, we applaud our Canadian ‘Brothers and Sisters’ in this vital industry.

Reality: Sometimes the very wealth one is seeking, he or she is standing on top of it.

Reference: https://financialpost.com/commodities/energy/saskatchewan-driller-hits-gusher-with-ground-breaking-geothermal-well-that-offers-hope-for-oil-workers

“Transportation Corridors” Leading To Nowhere: Countries’ Political Corruptions

It is interesting that countries with great historical trade routes are not being facilitated with honest political leaders. For example, to quote Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani: “Afghanistan is one of these places of intersection, as historical trade roads ranging from the grand trunk road to the lapis lazuli and silk met here,” …. “Names given to us capture the significance of our location best: the heart of Asia; gates of India; land bridge; roundabout, a place where goods, ideas, and people freely move, circulate and interact; Switzerland of Asia.”. And of course, another example is Greece [superbly centrally located as to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East]; we shall discuss.

As to Afghanistan, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh has decried corruption on-going in his country. Mr. Saleh thinks there is ‘big-time’ corruption occurring, yet there are no investigations of the miscreants. Saleh said, “this is a forgotten corner,” and that “to this date, ministers, generals, directors and even politicians of high stature have been charged but no member of the parliament has paid any price for their involvement in corruption.” Benefits from Afghanistan’s 600,000+/- acres of Poppy fields down-stream productions, can be very enticing to some in Kabul. With America’s support of monies and personnel, the Poppy fields have greatly expanded as to acreage. Which Americans, we ask, have and will benefit from the downstream productions; it is more than ‘International Relations’ munificence that is the propulsion of this particular U.S. Aid.

As to Greece (10,000,000+ Population), long ago we had written that the $375,000,000,000.00+ [estimated government debt] was beyond being absolutely atrocious for a ‘small’ country. It had NO “ministers, generals, directors and even politicians of high stature” investigated, prosecuted, found guilty, and incarcerated in “Korydallos” Prison [or other secured containment location]. The rampant acquisition of military equipment it could not afford, at the time, such as submarines from Germany, and other ‘high-priced hardware, leads one to assume bribery flourished. Since that time, the lack of judicial redress to the ‘Financial Treason” by the perpetrators, suggest that bribery by some of the new ‘Operators’ of the country is possible. The corruption of the powerful in Greece has been “sárose káto apó to chalí”. As International Businessmen, we think this is such a shame to the honor of Greece, and such a theft to the Greek Citizenry; they deserve better.

China has determined that ‘location, location, location’ as to Greece, is of great benefit to the ‘Dragon’s’ commercial needs. It has paid substantial amounts to develop Piraeus harbor and can further assist in a transportation corridor to the rest of Europe. It is our hope that the monies paid, go towards the Greek people and not into Swiss Bank Accounts of the Greek ‘Untouchables’, as we have discussed. Of course, if challenged about ‘Bribery’ or ‘Embezzlement’, each ‘Untouchable ‘ will declare “Θεν έχω χπήματα”.

The upcoming Natural Gas flows eventually through Greece to Europe should make Greeks happy. However, one can assume that some Swiss Bankers will even be happier with their “Depositors from Athens”.

Reality: As to “Forks in the Road”, to the Injudicious, there is a quandary as to which way to go; to those of Integrity, the correct route is a “lighted superhighway”.

Reference: https://tolonews.com/afghanistan-167986

Tuesday, 3 November, 2020, American Election: As International Businessmen, We Present Our Analyses, For Those Prudent: Where The Future Winners Will Be, And Advise Where, And When, Others Should Discard ‘Losing Cards In Their Hands’.

The coming, election in America, will offer some Industries,  Investors, and even Countries, Improved Benefits and Profits, thereafter.  Current Investors and some other Countries may find: “The Future May Not Bode Well”; As to those Industries and locations where monies are presently committed, adjustments will be needed.

For our Subscribers, gain from our analyses of businesses, countries, and industries that will be moving ahead in 2021; this due to results of the coming election. We foresee the ‘shackles’ of many decades of ‘Special Interest Groups’ conniving [lead by the Puppet Masters’ Masters] being removed. That constant economic burden to America, being made effete, will provide opportunities for growth, seldom seen. As to other industries, that have historically prospered due to the ‘graft’, one may want to ‘Short their stocks’.

Reality: Beyond the horizon, many changes await, for America. A word to the Wise is sufficient.

A Rational Leader Remains So, Even After Leaving Office

It is refreshing to continue to listen to a Leader such as Papua New Guinea’s former Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan. Sir Julius, has been looking for methodologies that will improve his country’s present financial condition; this, which was brought on by the infamous Corona Virus [CV-19].

The former Prime Minister continues, we think, to properly assess a marketable commodity produced in his country: Gold [Au]. As other mineralizations plunge in value in the world market, we, as International Businessmen, are of the opinion Au will rise; this, in continual opposition to many other commodities mined.

As the adage goes: “There is no replacement for Experience.” Sir Julius exhibits continued profound Wisdom, in a world of which we continually see, of inept, ill-reasoned ‘business’ decisions by various countries’ ‘leaders’; they are not “Leaders”, as was (and is) Sir Julius.

CV-19 Decisions: Many of these “marginal-merit ‘miasms'” of ‘leaders’, are ruining their countries’ economies; these, worse than most natural disasters or probable warfare would. We see recoveries, for many countries, not in a time-frame of months, but years.

Reality: As fine wine improves its quality with age, so does consistently: a few remarkable men and women, who we deem as “Leaders”.

Reference: https://mine.onepng.com/2020/09/sir-julius-suggest-png-govt-should-sell.html

In Matters Of Pandemics, Countries’ ‘Real Leaders’ Think, Other Countries’ ‘leaders’ Shrink

We, as International Businessmen, have seen it time and time again: political leaders of countries, overact erroneously, based on poor comprehensions of the facts in front of them. As we have maintained for decades: “It is not the facts, but the erroneous conclusions men and women make from those facts, which can cause logarithmic levels of damage.”

In the current case of CV 19, by ‘over-reaction’ in many countries; leaders are creating ruined economies of those countries. One former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is stating a level of Wisdom, few nations’ leaders possess. It is our viewpoint, a marasmus of countries’ economies can be of greater detriment to humans’ psyches and physical well-being, than a iteration of a influenza, that man has probably endured since Day One.

Reality: Superior Intellect of leaders is nice, Superior Wisdom of Leaders is better.

Reference: https://www.rt.com/news/499635-australia-coronavirus-unsustainable-normal-fail/

India’s Punjab Produces Performing Products, This, In Very Trying Times: Sonalika Tractors

The adage: ” ‘Trying Times’, for the ‘Weak’, are ‘Crying Times’; for the ‘Strong’ they are ‘Prying Times'”, applies in Punjab, India. The maker of tractors, “Sonalika”, in Hoshiarpur, “pried open, with a ‘crow bar”‘, manufacture and marketing of their fine tractors and received excellent results: Record Sales.

We, in International Business, have seen it time and time again: Manufacturers who look ‘beyond the horizon’, accept conclusions, after their careful analyses, then act decisively. They create better products, offer them at proper ‘price-points’, with aggressive marketing; and, beat their competitors every time! In ‘tight economies’, while consistency of ‘Quality’ will bring forth new ‘lookers’, ‘Realistic Cost’ to customers, will turn them into ‘buyers’. In a “Negative Economy”: a ‘Seller’ must sell, or go out of business; a ‘Buyer’ does not have to buy.

Sonalika Tractors management, obviously put forth its ideation and manufacturing actions, long before, the CV-19 Pandemic. It certainly takes time to source suppliers, build, or have built to specifications, verify quality, then assemble components to create the tractors. While that is occurring, the Marketing/Sales Departments must think of creating ‘Customer Excitement’ for ‘Sizzle Sells’ the products. Where there are no ‘positive’ emotions, there are no purchasers. Obviously Sonalika Tractors personnel accomplished their objectives.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi must be pleased, for Sonalika Tractors are copacetic with his ‘Make In India’ mantra; a economically sound objective. India certainly has: Natural resources for manufacturing; Personnel quite capable; and Quality of culture, which has and will endure.

Reality: Think ahead, Act ahead; then, Look behind, and see your followers.

Reference: https://www.brazilsun.com/news/265651003/sonalika-confirmed-as-no-1-exporter-of-tractors-in-india

‘Segway’: A Utilitarian Product, Under-Designed, While Over-Priced, Sinks Into “Economic Quicksand”

The ‘automatic balancing ability’ of the Segway transporter has apparently failed in balancing performance vis-a-vis cost of production; and, subsequent pricing for retail ownership. It has been announced that this possibly commercially-viable vehicle will no longer be produced due to lack of world-wide sales.

As International Businessmen with decades of experience in ideation of products based on exotic materials and metals, preliminary design, manufacturing cost estimating, production, and marketing, we have seen potentially ‘great’ products, of others fail. Many of these ‘goods’ would be able to help people become more productive in their daily lives. Quite often, a potential manufacturer of a product wants great unit profits to be in their business plan. The fact that buyers might not value the product at the same price-point, is of little concern. So, the item is manufactured, offered for sale, and sits in the ‘showroom’ with no buyers.

As to Segway, a lack of well-engineered stopping capability in the vehicle, and apparent lack of operator controlled-sensitivity adjustments, as designed, doomed it to sales failure. A novice operator should have more ‘retarded’ velocity/vector capacity than of an experienced user, such as policemen patrolling avenues. Furthermore, in such a example, braking should be enhanced electronically for the novice.

All of us thought the Segway was a great move forward in personal transportation; we still do. However, a advanced iteration of this platform will be essential. This, if the present Chinese owners hope to sell their product. Right now, one might ask: “Show me where the “$5,000.00″ is built into this product.” [On a mass-production scale, it is not apparent.] If they cannot, then the ‘Price/Value’ relationship is overloaded by the price; it will NOT sell.

A ‘fairly good product’ at a “too-high” price will not sell; a ‘very good product’ at a “too-high” price, may suffer the same fate. An old aircraft adage: “If it is designed well, it will fly well; If priced well, the ‘bird’ will sell well.” applies, even to Segways.

Reality: It is not the marketed product, at a particular price-point, that is important; but, the consumer’s estimation of the value to be received by that product, at that cost to he or she, that makes a sale or not.

Reference: https://sputniknews.com/business/202006241079707515-fun-while-it-lasted-segway-pulls-the-plug-after-failing-to-revolutionise-personal-transport/